Organising Committee


The initiators and organising committee for this meeting are listed below:



Professor Kerry-Anne Rye

Kerry-Anne Rye obtained her PhD from Flinders University of South Australia in 1986 and gained her postdoctoral training at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Research Professor, Head of the Lipid Research Group and Deputy Head (Research) in the School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales. She is the newly appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Lipid Research, and an Editorial Board Member of three American Heart Association journals: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; The Journal of the American Heart Association and Circulation Research. Professor Rye is the Past Chair of the American Heart Association ATVB Council Women’s Leadership Committee. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Program Committee (ATVB Council nominee) for American Heart Association Scientific Sessions and she was also elected as Vice-Chair of the American Heart Association ATVB Council in 2018.


Professor Laura Calabresi

Laura Calabresi graduated in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Milano in 1988, and obtained her PhD from the University of Siena in 1994. She is full professor of Pharmacology at the University of Milano, School of Pharmacy. Professor Calabresi is Scientific Coordinator of the Center E. Grossi Paoletti of the University of Milano since 2015, and Head of the master program in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the University of Milano since 2016. She has been member elected of the Scientific Committee of the European Lipoprotein Club, 2001-2006. She is Academic Editor for PlosOne and CoEditor of Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease, and an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Lipid Research.


Professor Frank Sacks

Dr. Sacks is Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in the Nutrition Department of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Professor of Genetics & Complexes Diseases; and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sacks’s laboratory has studied the role of apolipoproteins in atherogenic lipoprotein metabolism in obesity and hypertriglyceridemia. He authored over 35 research papers on apoC-3 and/or apoE. Recently his lab discovered that a type of HDL that contains apolipoprotein C-III predicted higher rates of heart disease and diabetes, the opposite to the protective relation for the total HDL. His lab also showed that apoC3 impairs the beneficial effects of apoE on HDL metabolism.

Dr. Sacks led the panel designing the DASH Study, which crafted a healthful eating pattern and demonstrated that it lowered blood pressure more effectively than any previous dietary treatment. Subsequently Dr. Sacks led the DASH-Sodium study, which determined the dose-response effect of dietary sodium on BP. These multi-center National Heart Lung and Blood Institute trials found major beneficial additive effects of low salt and a dietary pattern rich in fruits and vegetables on blood pressure. He also led the seminal PoundsLost trial which showed the percentage of calories from fat or carbohydrate had no effect on long term weight loss. Currently, he is co-investigator of the MIND study, a randomized trial of a diet that combines features of the Mediterranean and DASH diets to preserve cognition in older people, funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Sacks teaches at Harvard School of Public Health as course director for nutritional metabolism and biochemistry. Dr. Sacks received the 2011 Research Achievement Award of the American Heart Association for lifetime research accomplishment.


Professor Sean Davidson

W. Sean Davidson is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and directs the Center for Lipid and Arteriosclerosis Studies (CLAS). He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry with Mike Phillips from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1995 and performed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois with Ana Jonas. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Lipid Research, a fellow and Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, and serves on a variety of regional and national study sections. His research interests center on high density lipoproteins with a focus is on the structure/function relationships of human apolipoproteins, particularly apolipoproteins A-I, A-II, A-IV and A-V and their role in the pathology of cardiovascular disease, obesity and other metabolic disorders. He lives with wife Chellie and kids Jack and Cydney. He is a competitive cyclist and loves burritos.


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